Purchased this through Amazon on a pre Black Friday Deal. Don't know if these were second quality items because of the low price or if quality control in manufacturing is poor. I can't imagine this unit just "slipped" though quality control with all the rough edges, splintering, and chipped wood on the car carrier trailer. Either whoever put it together was seriously not paying attention or just did not care. Will be contacting Amazon to see if we can get a replacement to see if that is any better.
After this and a toddler puzzle gift that started deteriorating almost immediately, I am reconsidering whether purchasing Melissa and Doug toys is worth the hassle of unexpected problems with poor quality. They used to make very nice high quality toys, but may be no longer.
Melissa & Doug: Listen to customers and impove your oversight of quality.